Su Tungpo's calligraphy was famous and widely collected by connoisseurs, and
many volumes of it are to be found in Chinese libraries. Most of them are rub-
bings from stone inscriptions; to preserve the living quality of the handwriting the
highest special skill and the finest stone are required. One of the best examples is
that shown above, which is a Sung rubbing taken from a stone inscription of the
famous poem which Su Tungpo wrote on New Year's Eve, 1071, when, as a magis-
trate at Hangchow, he had to sentence to prison men arrested for smuggling salt.
The translation appears on page 128,
From Western Tower Scripts, owned
by Governor TuctnFang (1861-1911).